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THE   MAKING    OF   A    "BRAVE

actual day of the dance, when it would be quickly
enclosed with evergreens—all but the top, which
would be left open so that Natose^ the Sun, could
shine down con its own5.

As we looked up at the Sun Dance camp, spread
out up there under a bright northern sun, our
boyish hearts leaped in anticipation of the fun we
were going to have in that camp. There would
be hundreds of youngsters there from all of the
Blackfoot tribes and other friendly tribes who
came annually to camp on the outskirts of the Sun
Dance camp to witness this spectacular ceremony
of the Blackfeet.

We were now passing through hundreds, liter-
ally hundreds, of sleek, wild-eyed Indian ponies
which had been turned loose, or hobbled, to graze
at will out on the bald prairies surrounding the
camp. When they saw us coming they whinnied
and kicked their heels high into the air and ran at
us and threatened us playfully with their heels*
Then they pranced stiff-legged around in a circle,
their tails raised and their heads high, vainly show-
ing off their wild beauty to the new-comers. They
were just like children: glad to see us. We boys
were already picking out the ponies that we were
going to trade in some of ours for*

When the big camp saw us coming In the dis-
tance some of the braves jumped on their ponies
and galloped out to meet us? yelling and shouting

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